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grateful phishmon -
Subject: Great recording, great first set, meh second set
Is there a good audience copy available? If so, I'd like to download just the first set. Phenomenal Sugaree to open, and strong Rooster, Birdsong, and Deal as well. The second set is pretty weak on the song selection, but does have a nice To Lay Me Down, and the Space contains a Heaven Help the Fool segment. The Wheel transition into Miracle is interesting, it switches keys and then meanders for a while before they suddenly cut it off and start up Miracle (one of my least favorite Dead songs).
3 1/2 stars.
Subject: Just can't help it
I started to listen at GD when I was 16 and after 32 years can't stop it.
come on all- this like so many other 80s and 90s shows is what it is- some solid tunes with moments of greatness and moments of 'meh'. soulds about like every show I was lucky enough to have witnesses. enjoy it for what it is- a GD show!
a little too much herion, maybe?
Subject: Do You Believe In Miracles!
Been to Olympic Arena later in life, watch Ironman, see Olympic history, enjoy the beautiful area. To know that GD was there too, well it completes me. I great show to boot.
Subject: Great Show
Thank you for the matrix! Sounds amazing! The dead were on fire this night. Give it another shot Ladybugfm! Incredible Sugaree, Bird Song, Deal and To lay me Down! The whole first set is solid. Heck, I even replayed My Brother Esau a few times! Have a listen folks! You won't be disappointed with this 83' gem.
To the member below me, the dead began performing Touch in 1982 I think, it was released in 1987 though.
Anyways this show is great, nice Sugaree, solid sets.
Subject: Touch of Grey???
I think the year of this show is incorrect. Touch of Grey wass released in 1987
Subject: Incredible Show and Recording
Just halfway through Sugaree you can already see this was a special night. Best Recording of the night by the trixter himself. Turn this one up and enjoy. Believe it or not, and many people are very negative on 80's shows, as bad as the JG looked, he could still play with the legends on the good nights! This was obviously one of those nights
out of control !!!!!!!!
Subject: Best Sugaree of the '80s...
And plenty of other highlights. Amazing 1st set, including one of the longest Deals I know of. Rest is no slouch either...definitely one of my favorites of the year!
thanks, Hunter Seamons, for your efforts in bringing this show to us - I do enjoy listening to this matrix.
This show is total gold from Sugaree until To Lay Me Down. From there, it's adequate but just not as compelling as the first 2/3rds.
I think this has got to be the best set 1 from '83 I've heard the boys play; don't overlook Touch and especially that rocket-engine Samson in set 2, either.
Strange to say that Terrapin is the weak link in the chain here, but there it is - Jer gets quite lost lyrically and the show never quite recovers from there. Still in all, this is a great listen.
Subject: I Need More Trix
Seeing this matrix gets a lot of play, feel free to venture over to
for more information on the GD matrix series.
Subject: Great show - great matrix
I love these matrix mixes - nice work, Hunter. I like the energy of AUDs but often the audio isn't litenable to me on phones for a long time. And in the eras like this in which the SBDs tend to be lifeless, (early 80s SBD bass drums sound like ass) these matrix mixes are great.
This show is a surprise from 83. I generally think of this era (83-86) as sounding pretty bloated and drunk, but here they don't sound bloated at all (!)
Working a late night and stumbled upon this one - what a great show through and through. I like the energy and the improv is something special.
The Wheel from the 80s is the best IMO, with Brent harmonies and the faster tempo.
Everything's been said, but wanted to add that this is a great show.
I think creativity and adventure in music are far more important than perfection.
Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia -
Subject: This is a must-have show
I'm not crazy about '83 shows, but this one is amazing. Jerry just crushes the songs that I dont much care for (GDTRFB is one of them), and it just takes my head off.
5 stars, no question about it.
hot as a pistol but cool inside......sugareeeeee rocks live. samson and deliah and woman smarter weir rocks. been to over 280 conccerts since 70's and last saw the dead (without jerry) august 2010 at brooklyn cyclone arena. still rocking.
Little Sense -
Subject: Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare...
What an awesome evening of music. Only three years after the Miracle on Ice. Everything was just exactly perfect in that upside down inside out glory that was the Grateful Dead! Pure bliss, so glad I was there!
The ending jam in Deal is mind boggling, it just keeps going and going. Bird Song is amazing, Sugaree is the best of the 80’s for sure. To Lay Me Down is stunning. What a perfect Dead show, one that leaves the “music” critics scratching their heads. I called these types of Dead shows “for Deadheads only” as the ordinary “music” observers just couldn’t understand how to view this stuff through the looking glass inverted.
knuckleheads who want this music to be the stuff that impresses their high school music teachers are just grasping at straws...the fact that your high school music teacher hates this music is what makes it so damn attractive to me - the inverse of what 99.9999% of people find to be "great music" The Dead tribute bands that I have heard all miss the mark in their obsessive desire to play it correctly as opposed to perfectly - so little energy compared to even the old and feeble Jerry - this is not music that is perfect in the musicologist's eye, this is music that transcends perfection leaving the off-the-bus folks in the wake...and I thank God for that.
This is a show that answers the question: “Why would you see the same band 200 times?”
Subject: The Bus Came By and I got on
This was my my 4th or 5th show. I was going SUNY college about 4 hours away. Even thou this tour produced St Stephen 3 nights earlier and the following night, i believe this show OVER ALL in playing was better. During the Sugaree you'll hear a deep high scream like someone on a never ending roll coaster going down another steep drop - thats me. Yes, this very much describes this show. I listen to a crisp SB of this show recently and herd it. I still remember the momment. This show is well worth listening over n over, enjoy.."...thats when it all began..."
Dylan M -
Subject: "Just Like A Friend of Mine Used to Say"
RIDE SALLY RIDE. At least I'm Enjoying The Ride.
This is one of the most interesting shows in terms of song selection for Jerry. It is hard looking back to imagine Sugaree standing on it's own (ie not being segued from Bucket). This Sugaree is certainly one of the best, and they never played it with such energy after this - sans a few '85 versions maybe.
FOTD is that babbling brook - as someone wrote slow but not plodding.
Deal is always a great way to end a set. It makes you wonder what is in store for the second set.
I think To Lay me Down is an acoustic song for an intimate setting (like bob's Race is On or On the Road Again). But a brave and well executed choice by Jerry.
I did not forget BirdSong. I had gotten into the GD about a year prior to this show. DNA, but got a tape from friends within a week.
I know there are "better" BirdSongs (Cole Field House '81 for length and earlier acoustic versions). But this one - for me and I hope others - always leaves me in a warm summer day. I used to play the first set so often the following summer - whether hanging outside, painting the house, driving to work, etc... .
I do agree that Revolution was strained - at least on the vocals, but as with Day Job, I could not discredit a show for its encore.
Enjoy and God Bless. Peace.
Subject: Did I miss something?
Some pretty high ratings for this show. For me, 4 stars was generous mostly based on the enjoyable first set. Great Sugaree and particularly good Hell. The energy level seems to wane a bit in the second set and Jerry sounds outright tired. The terrapin is flat and the Revolution that rounds out the show is not good at all. Three and a half stars at best for me.
Went up with some college friends from Colgate. Remember the wheel with everyone holding hands, yes, and standing on one of the concrete separations during Terrapin in my own world. How about the gas situation driving home? Remember that?
Subject: AMAZING set
great quality. Great songs. Great everything. After all, they are the GRATEful Dead. haha.
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Great show from Sugaree to Revolution, solid jams, amazzing terrapin, not the best but still a pretty stellar Man Smart. Overall deserves the 5 stars.
Subject: Great memories of a great show
Lake Placid is about two hours from my hometown of Glens Falls, New York. In 1983, I had just graduated high school. In late October I was waiting to go to Navy Bootcamp on November 1st. Going to several shows before I left civilian life was my goal. So I went to Placid to see the show via hitch-hiking the Adirondack Northway.
While on the side of the highway I saw a dead turtle, I knew it was a sign. I was picked up by some dead heads going to the show and told them about the sighting of the american terrapin. I told them it was an omen that Terrapin Station would be played.
Later that night I was getting ready to head back to Glens Falls and saw the dudes I hitched a ride with. They were jumping up and down screaming "Terrapin"!
Lake Placid is indeed one of the most beautiful places God made on this planet and that show was the most memorable show ever.
Subject: 8mm footage Lake Acid
Please watch and remember how sweet it was.
Subject: incredible show
this concert has been a mainstay of 1980's music for me - a bellweather of the Grateful Dead at some of their most lucid and creative exploration of the 1980s.
One long song -
I was at this show,and I would say it rates as one of the best!
Having drove across country from NM non stop. Got tix day of the show at the box office. First east coast show. Great new friends, good spot Inside. Does anyone remember the circle around the arena during wheel? Met family that owned my vw bus. All too good. Golden road was divine.
Subject: Bueno senior Garcia!
The Sugaree is even better than expected, then you can't stop listening there. Very nice slide work on Rooster. Great show overall, Terrapin is nice, i think Jerry leaves off "not to master" on purpose.
Subject: tasty sugar eeeee!
Nice show, so many on here, one can refine the pallete as with the finest wines, assuming you got them for free like all these great shows are now! I give it a 4 for sound and a 5 for flavor.
For the last 23 years of my life, since my first Dead show, the sound "backdrop" to my life has been filled with the tear drop strains of Jerry's guitar, sometimes in the foreground, always in the background, and always soothing and zen like, a constant peaceful meditation. It is a comfort like few others and cheers me when I am sad, celebrates with me when I am happy. Other songs and bands fill this space from time to time, but nothing can compare to Jerry's unique and beautiful playing. I know many of you feel the same.
Lazy Lester -
Subject: Really Necessary?
Is it just me or do these matrices seem a little over the top?
Subject: missed it
I had tickets for this show and it would have been my first, but I got swamped with exams and let my friends have my car to go. I bombed the exams anyway and June 84 at SPAC ended up being my first show and the beginning of a good 9 year run. I learned a good lesson that day that I have not always followed, When you have a chance to do something fun, do it.
Subject: Killer Show
Had this on cassette tape many moons ago. One of my favorite concerts that I was NOT at.
Was 16 at this show. Amazing fun, not long after the miracle on ice and with flags and decorations in town, still felt really Olympic.
Besides all kindsa wonderful escapades I still nostalgically and fondly remember, the actual show was outstanding in person.
The arena was so small, with bare fluorescent fixtures dimly lighting the inner walkway behind the first level of seating.
The Sugaree was so outstanding we were hanging on the edge wondering what would happen next.
To Lay Me Down is a wonderful treat. I love the strength of the Terrapin that seemed to carry Jerry along with it, that power-train.
The highlight though was Wheel, when we held hands in a ring around the arena, singing and dancing on that dimly lit walkway, clearly visible to the band.
Although they arguably play too fast during this period (83-84), I consider the end of the second set just another wild and wonderful, rockin' high energy lovefest.
Green Warbler -
Subject: finally got this long-requested show
A raving deadhead on skis at Mad River Glen gave me this on CD to play for the Single Chair crowd some years back, but it was an AUD. Now that I'm a sonic purist, there's no going back....if it isn't a Matrix or pure SBD, there's too much else to listen to out there..
Sweet show, sugaree & Terrapin are worth getting your RCA's out for as is the Terrapin. Love the feel of the long unwound FOTD and raw Bucket. Sounds like Jerry might have a scratch (cigarette-induced or otherwise) in his voice but he does nail (nearly?) all the words.
I agree that late in this game they were accelerating song delivery.
This one sure doesn't dissapoint but it felt like towards the end of the show they were rushing through it. After opening up with a long Sugaree and some others I guess the boys got tired in the second set. Understandable, a 175 min show is worth every penny and then some if you were lucky enough to be there and now worth every minute!
Subject: shining with patient spontaneity
Jerry is very sharp and full of ideas and Brent is fueled, fluid, and flying. Friend of the Devil is both thoughtful and playful. loose, not somber. 5-star Bird Song with a tremendously energetic peak section. They get into that endlessly mutating merry-go-round vibe with Deal--oozing with creativity. Jerry's guitar on Lay me Down is wildly active and soulful. You hear the crowd appreciate it at end of the first lead break. Phil really brings it on this one, as does Brent at the end. Jerry just keeps pushing without rushing, like a tireless trailblazer leading the whole gang through Women are Smarter. You can hear him flag before the final chorus, and the rest of the band immediately picks it right up and raises the level.
suggesting rhythm that will not forgive me? howling on the meadow forming winds both foul and fair? Despite stumbling lyrics, the Terrapin shines with the patient spontaneity present throughout the show. I Need a Miracle>Goin Down the Road are high energy from everyone, keepin up with Jerry, who finally starts flagging again in Good Lovin, where Bobby's riffing and rhyming takes over and picks it up again. I can just picture a sea of bopping, shimmying heads soaking in the Revolution encore, with one last shining shred by Jerry-------------shooby-doo-wah
and yes, on second listen the Sugaree (at least the first 2/3 of it) definitively cuts the custard.
The first 30 - 35 seconds of FOTD is sweeeet
Subject: sbd 60 aud 40
i'd like to hear the reverse
great show, great set, great sound= :)
There's something really special about a show that opens with a double-digit long "Sugaree". For a lack of anything poetic to say, an opening like that just feels so authentically Grateful Dead!
David Zuckerman -
Kicking Sugaree, as the rest of the show is as well, put on a seat belt you're going to need it !!!!!!
Subject: nice matrix
my favorite sugaree
Hunter strikes again. This show deserves a matrix and ths one is very nice. If you are not aware of this show, well then cue it up and away you go.
Easily one of the best Sugaree ever and the rest of the show is stellar. The set ending Deal is incredible and set two is a magical mystery tour of the highest order.
This was the tour they brought back St. Stephen and they played some of the best shows of the early '80's on this tour.
this show is smokin' hot from the first note and i am surprised it hasnt been recognized as such..many thanx to the dead, the archive and everyone for improving the quality of my life!
Subject: The Reason Why!
This kind of show turned me into a head!